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Gran Canaria: Forest fires displace 4,000 on the holiday island



  Smoke rises from a forest fire that continues to burn land in Moya, Gran Canaria.

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The fires spread on two fronts across the holiday island

Around 4,000 people were evacuated when forest fires broke out on Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.

The fire that broke out on Saturday breaks out on two fronts in a mountainous area of ​​the island.

Ten planes and helicopters and some 700 firefighters on the ground, including 200 from the military, fight the flames.

Efforts to combat fires are hindered by high temperatures, high winds and low humidity, according to the authorities.

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The Spanish central government has requested assistance

"The fire is neither contained nor stabilized or controlled," said Canarian Regional President Angel Victor Torres at a press conference.

Requests for assistance were addressed to the Spanish central government, he added.

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The fire started near the city of Tejeda. Around 1

,700 hectares were destroyed and 11 roads were closed.

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Media signature Forest fires rage through Gran Canaria.

Hundreds of people were evacuated due to separate forest fires on the resort last week.

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Last week, individual forest fires raged across the island


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